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Slipper Happenings March 11th

ESSC Commodore

Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club

Slipper Happenings

This issue of Slipper Happenings has been sent to you twice, once on the old Mailchimp system (which will now be terminated) and once on the new Sailing Club Manager system. The new system version has a slightly newer look to it.

If you have only received the old version and have not received the newer version as well and you do nothing, you may not receive future Slipper Happenings!

This is because your computer's spam filter is probably blocking the new e-mail. If you need help fixing this issue on your computer Jon Keefe or Dave Cooper will be only happy to help.

Coronavirus (Covid 19)

For now we have no plans to alter normal club activity.

If you have a cold, cough or flu like symptoms please do not come to club and spread your germs. Please follow government guidelines and self isolate. Remember that we do have a number of elderly members and others that might consider themselves vulnerable.

Please be considerate. Thank you.

If you have concerns about your own vulnerability to the virus, it is your choice and risk whether you take part in club activities.

We will of course keep an eye on government guidelines and apply them as and when required.

Junior Registration

I want to remind members that junior registration is Friday 27th March NOT as was originally scheduled as this allows more time for new members to be processed and invited to join us. Many thanks, Emma Robertson.

TISC Chiller inter-club series

This is the series that fills the gap between the Hare & Hounds series and the start of our Spring racing.
If you fancy some more winter sailing please support your club and take part.
Last weekend was a great sail!
This year's remaining dates are:
Sun 22 Mar @ 1000 (HW 10.58 4.4m)
Sun 05 Apr @ 1000 (HW 10.05 4.4m)
Details of how to enter are on the TISC poster that has been sent to all dinghy sailors.

Lift-in - Friday 10 April

Mark Mansfield has sent out his instructions to all cruiser owners.

For those of you non-cruiser owners interested in helping out here are main points:

1 Lift-in briefing: Will start at 2000 on Friday 3rd April 2020

2 The skipper or a representative from each Yacht: Must attend the briefing and be present throughout the event to help out with all aspects of the lift-in.

3 All help welcome: Non-yacht owners wishing to help will be more than welcome!!

4 Volunteer or be volunteered: If there is a particular task/operation anyone wishes to specifically volunteer for please let me know. Otherwise be prepared to be volunteered!

5 Derrick erection will be Saturday the 4th April at 1000: we will be doing this at the same time as the masts so we need everyone

Slipper Happenings

This issue of Slipper Happenings has been sent to you twice, once on the old Mailchimp system (which will now be terminated) and once on the new Sailing Club Manager system. The new system version has a slightly newer look to it.

If you have only received the old version and have not received the newer version as well and you do nothing, you may not receive future Slipper Happenings!

This is because your computer's spam filter is probably blocking the new e-mail. If you need help fixing this issue on your computer Jon Keefe or Dave Cooper will be only happy to help.

Coronavirus (Covid 19)

For now we have no plans to alter normal club activity.

If you have a cold, cough or flu like symptoms please do not come to club and spread your germs. Please follow government guidelines and self isolate. Remember that we do have a number of elderly members and others that might consider themselves vulnerable.

Please be considerate. Thank you.

If you have concerns about your own vulnerability to the virus, it is your choice and risk whether you take part in club activities.

We will of course keep an eye on government guidelines and apply them as and when required.

Junior Registration

I want to remind members that junior registration is Friday 27th March NOT as was originally scheduled as this allows more time for new members to be processed and invited to join us. Many thanks, Emma Robertson.

TISC Chiller inter-club series

This is the series that fills the gap between the Hare & Hounds series and the start of our Spring racing.
If you fancy some more winter sailing please support your club and take part.
Last weekend was a great sail!
This year's remaining dates are:
Sun 22 Mar @ 1000 (HW 10.58 4.4m)
Sun 05 Apr @ 1000 (HW 10.05 4.4m)
Details of how to enter are on the TISC poster that has been sent to all dinghy sailors.

Lift-in - Friday 10 April

Mark Mansfield has sent out his instructions to all cruiser owners.

For those of you non-cruiser owners interested in helping out here are main points:

1 Lift-in briefing: Will start at 2000 on Friday 3rd April 2020

2 The skipper or a representative from each Yacht: Must attend the briefing and be present throughout the event to help out with all aspects of the lift-in.

3 All help welcome: Non-yacht owners wishing to help will be more than welcome!!

4 Volunteer or be volunteered: If there is a particular task/operation anyone wishes to specifically volunteer for please let me know. Otherwise be prepared to be volunteered!

5 Derrick erection will be Saturday the 4th April at 1000: we will be doing this at the

available to help with both activities.

6 Saturday the 4th April at 1000: Your help will be required with removing all masts onto trestles. All the usual preparations need to be completed. Please ensure you are available, don't leave it for others to do your work!!!

7 Dress your mast: Please do not leave this to the last minute! You have until Thursday the 9th to do this. Please make sure your mast is ready for lift-in with halyards, baby stays and lowers secured out of the way and lashed to the mast. Cap shrouds , backstay and forestay should be accessible, correctly stowed and temporarily secured to the base of the mast.

8 Planning & Preparation: As usual, please help us to provide a smooth lift-in by being prepared, planning ahead, renew your split pins, free and lubricate bottle screws, have your warps and fenders ready, tools to hand, loose gear stowed safely below, decks to be clear of hazards, water tanks drained, engine primed, and generally be ready to go.

9 Plans do change: As usual the lift-in programme will not be rigid be prepared for last minute changes we may alter your lift time at short notice! If things do not run as smoothly as planned you may be asked to return later in the week to have your mast lifted in by the derrick

10 Public Safety: Public safety, as usual is paramount. Please volunteer to help with this vital operation and turn up at your allotted time.

11 Lift-in Supper: There will be a curry put on by Dennis and Lesley on Friday the 10th this won't need booking as it will be for everyone, with the darts teams also playing the same evening.

12 Tidiness: Please leave the boat park clean and tidy, clear up your mess and any other mess around you! It is now the dinghy section's turn to use the park and it is unfair to leave them our mess to clear up. Take empty antifouling cans home for suitable, considerate disposal. Do not put paint waste, of any type in the club bins.

13 Cradles: Please dismantle your cradles ASAP. Work parties will be storing them on the ground floor of the wood barn once there is space.

14 Kitchen: Vivien Reed has again done the ground work and rallied the troops for this important part of the weekend. Anyone who would like to help out in the kitchen! Please help if you can. Many thanks! Offers to Vivien please. vivien_reed@hotmail.com

15 Bake-off: A good lift in needs good sustenance! Please bake a cake, some buns, flapjacks or one or two of your many other specialities to help fuel the event.

16 Parking: I have applied to HBC requesting they once again waive the no return rule to South Street car park on the Friday, provided sufficient parking time is purchased in advance.

Good Friday is Curry night!! - Fri 10 April

Good Friday is a very busy night for Slipper, being a Friday night, Darts night and Lift-in night.
Curry will be available for all (meat or veg option) plus a naan, all for £7 per meal!
(Unfortunately, because of expected numbers, no other meal options will be available on Good Friday evening).
Come and join in with a lively Curry night at Slipper. Eat where you can find a seat! (upstairs, downstairs or on the Mezzanine).

Power Boat training

Weather is still hampering the completion of this course. Noel Coussens is on the case, so I am sure training will be completed ASAP.
I understand last weekend was more successful!
A big thanks to all the trainers and trainees for your patience!

Diesel Engine Course

Over two separate courses, 12 members have now been trained how to look after and maintain their Diesel engines on a commercially sourced RYA course. This is an important course for cruiser owners where a reliable engine can often get you out of trouble. I understand the course was well received.

Many thanks to Jennie Vaughan for organising.

Galley and toilet redevelopment

Derrick Johnson, Mark Mansfield and I met with Albert from Nutbourne Construction to talk through the programme, some details and logistics of the project.
The main part of the project will take place during August, when the Galley will be closed and the bulk of the clubhouse toilets will be out of action. It is hoped th disabled toilet will be available through some/most of this time.
Some preliminary work may be done before August during which time one washroom might become unisex to allow work on the other. Likewise after August the galley should be functional but the toilets may need further fitting out before full function is restored.
Please be patient during these works. Toilets will be available in the wood barn changing rooms at all times and Nutbourne Construction have assured us that they will aim to substantially complete the work by the end of August.
Once again, a big thanks to Derrick and Mark for their help in managing this project.

Sailors Service at Warblington Church - Sunday 22 March from 4 5pm

A special service to celebrate the start of the sailing season.
This year marks the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of St Thomas a Becket, to whom the church in Warblington is dedicated. During this year we aim to bring this church further into the conscientiousness of the community so that it can be recognised as an example of faithfulness down the ages, as a jewel of history and architecture, and as a place of worship, peacefulness and contemplation. This will be done through a series of services and events throughout this year.

All are welcome!

Many thanks, James Mant

Club Dinghies for sale

As part of ESSC's rolling Dinghy Replacement Programme, the following boats are now being offered for sale:
TERA 1 (2219).
OPPIE "No:3".
This is an ideal opportunity to get a good deal on a well maintained club boat. Please express your interest and send your bids to Martin Perry (Rear Commodore Sailing), clearly indicating which craft you are bidding for, via one of the following mediums:

EMAIL: martin.buster.perry@gmail.com
TEXT or PHONE: 07905-335867
SNAIL MAIL: Post your letter in the "P" pigeon hole outside the bar.
All fair bids considered. In the event of a competition, the best bid will win. The closing date for this process is 17:00 on Sunday, 5th April, 2020. The successful applicants will be informed before the 12th April, 2019.
Good luck!

Club Moorings available!

Very reasonably priced:
3 moorings for boats up to 6 metres
3 moorings for boats up to 9 metres
Apply Trevor Davies 01243 373587

Social Team embrace social media!

Your Social Team has gone 'Social' and can now be found on Facebook. A private group for Slipper social activities and events. Join us here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1562096960595400/?ref=share

Good Friday Darts

This year we host Dell Quay SC for our annual darts match on April 10th. We won last year and it would be good to continue the good work on our own turf! There will be darts in the bar on Tuesdays March 3 and April 7, 8:00 pm onwards, so we can get some practice in (as they do at DQSC!!). All are welcome to take part - whatever your skill level.

Slipper Singers

We meet every Tuesday at 7.30pm for one hour in the Function Room. Auditions not necessary as we sing for fun.

Bar

Paul keeps the best beer in town, along with an excellent range of other drinks and snacks. Why not pop down this weekend?

Please note Paul's next cryptic quiz is on Thursday 19 March.

We are a club, not a commercial concern, please, please, please can everyone remember to take their (and their children's) glasses and bottles back to the bar, plates and cutlery back to the kitchen and put your litter in a bin! Thank you.

Catering

Come to the Slipper for great bar snacks, meals and Sunday roasts!
Please support this great facility as much as you can.
Den and Lesley will be delighted to serve you!

Commodore's Charity

Club charitable donations to date:
2017/18 Naomi House 3017.28
Other charity 532.00
2018/19 Naomi House 1357.91
Other charities 1340.00
2019/20 so far........
Naomi House 290.00
Thank you all for your generosity!

Key Dates

Junior Registration Fri 27th Mar - sign up for another great season! ** Date change.
Cruiser Supper Sat 4 Apr - a cruiser sailor must!
Lift In Fri 10 Apr - yippee, back on the water!
Good Friday Curry Night Fri 10 Apr - very busy Slipper night! (Darts & Lift-in).
Easter Cruise Sat & Sun Apr 11 & 12 - first cruise of the season?
New Members Reception Sat 18 Apr - a big welcome to new members!
First cruiser race : Cranwell Cup Sat & Sun 25 & 26 - battle begins!
Youth Registration Wed 22 Apr - time to do it again.
Youth AGM Fri 29 Apr - I want to be elected!
Arts Trail Fri- Sun 1-3 May - Slipper talent on show!
SUP National Championships Sat 6 June - the spectacle returns!
Oppie Camp Fri-Sun 12-14 Jun - a very special weekend!
TISC Regatta 19 July - always a big welcome & great tea!
Summer Ball Sat 11 July - glad rags at the ready!
Joint Junior Regatta Sat 18 July - a bit of competitive fun!
The Folly Trophy Sat & Sun 27 & 28 June - a big Inter-club race.
ESC Junior weekend Sat 8 Aug - great race training.
Chi Harbour Race Week Mon-Fri 17-21 Aug - calling all dinghy racers!
CHRW ESSC at home Tue 18 Aug - Fed week racers visit Slipper.
ESSC Cruiser Regatta Sat 5 Sep - the competition hots up!
ESSC Dinghy Regatta Sun 6 Sep - always a great day on the water!
The Yoke Sat 19 Sep - the big one!!!
Lift Out Sat 17th Oct - time for another refit.
Prize Giving Sat 21 Nov - celebrate another great season!
Fireworks and Prize Giving Sat 7 Nov - this is a busy one!
AGM Wed 2 Dec - my last one as your Commodore!
Junior Christmas Party Sat 5 Dec - festive fun!
Turkey Supper Sat 19 Dec - festive favourite!
Slipper Shiver Pursuit Race Sat 2 Jan - work off that turkey!

Old news but still relevant:

A note from our - Rear Commodore, House, Sandy Keefe:

I am delighted to be taking over this role and if there is anything I can help you with regarding the club and its activities, please do let me know.

I have a couple of requests:

Volunteering to cover a Bar duty

Firstly a very big thanks to all those of you who step forward to do this.

Reminder: To be able to volunteer to do a duty in the Bar, you really do need to have attended a recent training session with Paul, our Bar Steward, as there are new systems in place and we really do need to keep you up to speed with.

There will be times when Paul and/or Mike Balster will be away when I will be asking for volunteers to cover bar openings. A list will go on the noticeboard for volunteers to sign up if there are no willing volunteers to cover the bar at these times it will remain closed as we rely on your support to help the smooth running of the club.

If you do volunteer for a Bar Duty, please contact me in the first instance for the current entry code for the Keysafe which unlocks the key for the bar and alarm. This code will be changed regularly to ensure security of the club and in particular the bar area. Many thanks.

Function Room hire

If you would like to request the use of the Function Room for an event, please contact me in the first instance so that I can clarify what you are requesting and to see if those dates are available.

A monthly calendar of when the Function Room is in use is now displayed on the noticeboard in the entrance to the club and will give an idea of its regular use.

If you do have any ideas or suggestions about the workings of the club, please do contact me and I look forward to seeing you in the club soon.

Many thanks, Sandy.

Rugby at the club

We are doing what we can to screen major sporting events at the club but........

Although it is great that we have a number of club members who want to watch televised major rugby matches and other sporting events at the club, however expressing disappointment when they are not screened for some reason will not make it happen!

Instead, please step forward and organise it!!

We need a rugby/sport enthusiast to plan for and organise these screenings

The role will entail:

  1. Planning ahead! (This May come as a surprise to some people!).
  2. Checking the availability of the function room in good time and book slots.
  3. Negotiate with other function room users if necessary.
  4. If bar and food are required - arrange with Mike Balster and Den Spencer in plenty of time - (at least a week in advance).
  5. Organising the technology.
  6. Organise the laying out and return of furniture.
  7. Publicity around the club and in Slipper Happenings.

That's it!
It is not a lot to ask.
Who is willing to do this??
- otherwise forever hold your peace!

Volunteers

We always need people to help run the club and its various activities. Please do not be shy. If you would like to contribute and do your bit for your club, please have a chat with me or another Flag Officer - the new club year is not that far away!
We would be delighted to hear from you.
It really is the case that you get more out of your club the more you put in!

Physio-led Pilates

Mixed ability Pilates classes run on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11am, and also from 11.15-12.15pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time. Held in ESSC function room.
Class size limited to 8 people to ensure plenty of individual attention. Mats provided.
Individual assessment by Chartered Physiotherapist and tuition of Pilates key elements necessary prior to course.

Physio-led Pilates for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

- on Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11am
For all Pilates enquiries please contact Melissa Robinson on 07977 466924 or email at melissa@astilbe.co.uk

Antisocial behaviour

Please report all incidents, no matter how small on 101. It is a very straightforward process, I know, because I have done it myself!

Do not engage or confront the culprits.

Bosuns notes

A reminder to please look after all club kit and power boats like they are your own - because they are!!
We understand that the kit has to be used, and wear and tear is inevitable but please do things properly and think before you act.
These are common issues:

  1. The engines are cooled by water, so a tell tale flow from the outlet is essential on all safety craft, including the Maid. If in doubt, get towed in. Please do not allow the engines to overheat otherwise expensive damage will result.
  2. Please remember that propellers are exposed and fragile, so be mindful of the depth you are operating in. If in doubt seek help.
  3. Please winch boats sensibly onto the trolleys. Make sure they are positioned over the centre rollers and do not winch the boat up too far.
  4. Please wash down boats, drain and dispose of any rubbish.
  5. Please rinse engines thoroughly. Due to low water pressure the 'headphones' may need holding in place. Make sure the engine is out of gear!
  6. Please return kit to the cupboard and fuel to the fuel locker.
  7. Please park safety boats in the bays on markings and on engine supports if provided.
  8. Please put on covers properly using the centre support pole to prevent pooling and do up all the straps.
  9. Please padlock the smaller safety boats engines to the railings.
  10. Do not attempt to recharge VHF'S. The Bosun's will do this.
  11. Please report any issues, problems, damage on the white board in the shed noting: the problem, date, contact details, including a phone number.
  12. If in doubt, do not try and fix a fault - more damage could result.

All common sense really!
Many thanks.
Parking
Please make sure your Slipper sticker is clearly displayed in your car when parking in a club car park.
Please feel free to challenge a driver that does not display a sticker. (The stickers are not always easy to spot - so check carefully before you challenge).
Just because you do not know someone does not mean that they are not a member!

Please always be polite and courteous with any exchanges.
Thank you.

Use of the bar on unscheduled evenings

If you do use the bar for any reason when the bar is not normally open. Please either use the till and pay for your drinks on the evening in question or in exceptional circumstance list the drinks taken noting who will be paying for them. Please leave a copy of the list in an obvious place for Paul behind the bar so that he can account for any shortages and collect any outstanding payment.

Please also clear up after yourselves. Many thanks.

Function room props:
The function room 'props' will now be left in by default. If the props are removed for something like a function room meeting, please make sure that there are no more than a few people in the bar while they are removed and that the props are then replaced before leaving the building.

Smoking Bye law updated to include Vaping

The non smoking bylaw is in the process of being updated to include vaping.
As with smoking, vaping is now also banned on Slipper property. Please remember that our property includes all our buildings, the balcony, dinghy parks, the terrace and all our car parks. Smoking or vaping is not permitted in any of these places. Thank you.

ESSC Centenary 2021

Sarah Thorsby is heading up a committee to look into how the Slipper can best celebrate this event. It is important to involve all sections of the club so please do get involved. The current team is made up of: Sarah Thorsby (chair), Commodore, Vice Commodore, John Ford, Sandy Keefe and Jennie Vaughn. More sailors please.
A 100 years of ESSC is worth celebrating so let's make sure that 2021 is a very special Slipper year!
Treasurer's requests:
Expenses: If your expenses claim is under £100, please get it authorised by a flag officer, fill in a petty cash slip and make your claim over the bar.

Payments to the club for subs, fees, bills etc: You really will be helping your club reduce its bank charges by paying by direct transfer, clearly stating on the reference what your payment is for. Payment by cheques, card and cash are expensive for the club to process.

Activities Around Pontoons

Following an accident that occurred between the club decking and pontoons by the Mill Pond, I draw all users attention to an extract from the clubs opps manual:

Buoyancy aids complying with the CE 50 Newton standard as a minimum, must be worn by all persons when afloat, or close to the water on jetties etc. Non-swimmers are particularly at risk and the wearing of a correct life jacket (CE 100 Newton standard or greater) is recommended.

This applies to all members.

It is the responsibility of organisers of events using the pontoons to enforce this rule.

Slipper Skills - get involved!

We are always looking for people to help our around the club either individually or as part of one of our teams. If you are able to contribute in some way and want to get more involved with your club, please do let me know. Examples skills that are always useful are: plumbing, carpentry, electrics, finance, admin, web/IT, structural/building skills, gardening, painting, any other skills I have missed and of course sailing/boating skills. You really do get more out of your club the more you get involved!

Reporting Premises Defects and Incidents

Please report any premises defects you notice and please use the following procedures for reporting them:

PREMISES DEFECTS

Please report defects by email to buildingdefects@emsworthslippersc.org.uk. This address communicates directly with the Premises Committee. It covers our whole estate: lights, heating, water, fixtures and fittings, everything except boats. For the time being, the paper defect book in the bar will continue to be monitored until everyone is familiar with this new streamlined system.

URGENT DEFECTS

Where a defect needs to be dealt with urgently to prevent a situation deteriorating into a risk to life or property then a Flag Officer must be made aware by the fastest available means. Phone numbers are printed in the club handbook. The Flag Officer will determine whether it can be dealt with by a club member or require a contractor to be called.

EMERGENCIES

Where there is an immediate threat to life or property, do not hesitate to alert the emergency services, informing a Flag Officer as soon as practicable afterwards. Please note that our fire alarm is NOT directly monitored by the Fire Service. Members should not place themselves at risk of violence if there is criminal damage taking place leave it to the Police.

Please check the programme out for a more complete list of up and coming Slipper activities including: social, dinghy, junior, youth, radio, training and cruiser events.

Best wishes

Hugh

Last updated 10:06 on 24 November 2020

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